Annette Lee, left, and Michelle Allen, both of St. Michael Catholic Parish, react with joy while listening to stewardship coach Tracy Earl Welliver conduct a workshop during Parish Stewardship Day at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Grapevine, Oct. 17, 2019. NTC PHOTO/BEN TORRE
What is Everyday Stewardship? According to Tracy Earl Welliver, Director of Parish Community & Engagement for LPi and a Catholic author, teacher and blogger, it’s a simple spirituality that can have extraordinary outcomes wherever it’s practiced. It is a way of looking at stewardship as a way of life in all aspects of who we are as human beings: parish, school, work, and family.
“Being a disciple of Jesus Christ leads naturally to the practice of stewardship,” explained Welliver to a room packed full of parish and diocesan leaders at the Oct. 17th Stewardship Day for the Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas. “Stewardship is an expression of discipleship with the power to change us to become mature in our faith.”
Stewardship coach Tracy Earl Welliver conducts a workshop during Parish Stewardship Day at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Grapevine, Oct. 17, 2019. NTC PHOTO/BEN TORRES
About 40 parishioners, priests, and parish and diocesan staff members attended a day of focused learning on stewardship at St. Francis of Assisi, Grapevine. “Stewardship is about more than the 3 T’s of time, talent, and treasure. It is about the big ‘E,’ which is everything,” Welliver shared with the crowd. In addition to sharing the teachings of stewardship with all those in attendance, Welliver also discussed the importance of helping people find their unique gifts and how to use those gifts in the Church community.
In addition to stewardship spirituality and gift discernment as topics, attendees at an LPi stewardship day with Welliver spend time looking at their parish communities through the lens of the U.S. Bishops’ letter on stewardship, Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response. They discuss questions involving discipleship and how their parishes call people to an extraordinary life in Jesus.
Learn more about the Oct. 17th Stewardship Day at the Diocese of Fort Worth by reading the article “Stewardship Leads to Lives Transformed by Christ,” written by Sandra Engelland from North Texas Catholic.
Welliver is also available for additional topics, such as parish engagement, strengths and talents, communication, and leadership training. Interested in having your parish or diocese host Welliver for a day of stewardship? Find all the info on our website.